The nose on this bottling blends savory depth with floral lightness, combining sandalwood, seared Meyer lemon peels, butterscotch, hot sandstone and flashes of honeysuckle on the nose. Sea salt and nectarine lead toward marshmallow and wood in the finish, wrapped in a structure that's firm but seamless. (MK)
The 2016 Chardonnay Estate opens with red pear and apple, spring honey, hay and fresh almonds with hints of orange blossom, lemon pith, stone, toast and white peaches. Medium-bodied with an intense fruit core, it offers lovely earthy/savory hints, with juicy acidity and a long, mineral-tinged finish. 1,176 cases produced. (EB)
The 2016 Chardonnay is a very pretty wine. Tangerine peel, tropical overtones, mint and butter notes give the 2016 a decidedly extroverted feel in terms of its flavor profile, and yet the wine remains a bit compact in its overall feel. In 2016, the fruit was brought in entirely in August, which is historically on the early side. The 2016 will drink nicely with minimal cellaring, although time in bottle should help the mid-palate flesh out a bit more. (AG)
Classically austere in a Santa-Cruz-Mountains-chardonnay-grown-at-2,000-feet sort of way, this is Jeffrey Patterson’s take on some legendary vines. The Mount Eden vineyard features generations of plants selected by him, by Martin Ray, who came before him, and by Paul Masson, who planted the original material from Burgundy at his La Cresta Vineyard in Saratoga. The oak comes first, in a toasted-sesame scent that moves toward grilled veal. Then yellow scents of roses, chamomile and lemon come up, the flavors lasting with smoky, earthy pallor. This should age with grace.
Planted 1984 to 1988 by Jeffrey Patterson. Pale gold. Rather muted nose but it promises much on the palate. Racy and lively with California undertow, Very impressive and very unlike the CA Chardonnay norm. (JR) 17.5+/20 points
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